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FilmStubs: Brick (2005)

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (R, 110 min.)


Wednesday, August 9, 2023

7:00 PM

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Brick, while taking its cues and its verbal style from the novels of Dashiell Hammett, also honors the rich cinematic tradition of the hard-boiled noir mystery, here wittily and bracingly immersed in fresh territory – a modern-day Southern California neighborhood and high school. [Focus Features]

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin
Director: Rian Johnson
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Crime

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"Brick is a remarkable oddity, audacious and engaging."

— Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun

"Manages to be visually arresting, packed with geeky allusions to everything from Raymond Chandler to 'Blue Velvet.'"

— Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club

"Like the best noirs, Brick is a triumph of attitude, and there's no arguing that its brand of deadpan cool is precisely unique."

— Troy Patterson, Slate

"Brick is Bogart goes to high school, in other words, but that thumbnail description doesn't begin to convey the lasting pleasures of Rian Johnson's directorial debut."

— Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"With a superb lead turn by rising star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rian Johnson’s debut is a smart, original neo-noir that works as an ingenious mindgame as well as a slick Hollywood calling card."

— Damon Wise, Empire

"With brilliant dialogue out of the 1940s and graceful visuals that add depth to the dark comedy, Johnson debuts with a smart, self-assured feature that portrays adolescence like no other film has."

— Jeremy Mathews, Film Threat